Rubee and I had a lovely lunch at Marliave. What a great space. It still has that old time charm with a lovely marble bar and just a pleasant décor. We sat at the bar and had a great bartender who was also the wine director. He had a great sense of humor and was just pleasant to chat with. He seemed a bit stretched at lunch, but he handled the crowd professionally and with grace.
The food – delicious. For appetizers, we shared the Rarebits: Melted farmhouse cheeses, Vermont bacon, roasted garlic, crusty bread and the Chowder: Little neck clams, buttery potatoes, bacon, garlic crunchies. Both were delicious. The bacon quality was out of this world. The exact balance of fat and flavor and both apps had just enough to give it the flavor without overpowering the other ingredients. The chowder is not a traditional one. The stuff came on a plate, two big littlenecks, chopped potatoes, croutons and small slabs of pork belly. The soup, came in a pourer which you could pour directly onto the stuff. That broth was amazing. Rich and buttery that paired so wonderfully with the pork belly.
For the main, we split the gnocchi special – lobster with fresh corn and peas. Talk about maximizing summer flavors. The gnocchi was light and pillowy and it was just beautiful alongside the corn and lobster. Even though we were full, we both managed to finish the dish.
For dessert, we went down to the littlest oyster bar and had two oysters each – pemaquid and martha’s vineyard. We asked the oyster guy what he recommended and he said that these two were his favorites. He shucked the oysters with love and care. Each oyster was deliciously briny and juicy.
For drinks, we started off with Bloody Mary’s – expertly made and perfectly spiced. We moved on to a glass of chenin blanc (Pine Ridge?) that was the bartender’s favorite wine. The wine was delicious and paired extremely well with the gnocchi and oysters.
It’s a great spot, but the entrances are problematic. I entered through the oyster bar which was fine. The other entrance is kind of hidden amongst the construction. But, this place is well worth the trip.